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WIJFR: F/U -Great Gatsby (sp)

I just finished reading it and... I get it. There was a point. It completely makes sense. I remembered something tragic (from when I read it in HS)- something to do with Daisy and the pool (for some reason I guess I thought she died).

And a poster pretty much hit it correctly. Especially these quotes:

It definitely embodies the excesses of the 20's and really takes the shallow nature of the elite (and the wanna be elite) during that time to hyperbole.


what Gatsby had on the surface - success, tons of friends, and a rock 'n roll lifestyle - the American dream. What we learn is that under all of it is nothing. Emptiness.

What I'm annoyed with I think is the "hype" surrounding Daisy. I remember people  going on and on about the essence of Daisy and how rich the character was or whatever. I guess in the end...well... I disliked her character. I'm sure that's what you're supposed to take away from the story-the idea that these characters are so superficial and self-involved that they would knowingly ruin another man's life and just frolick away into the sunset, guiltless. But grrrrrr. why do people make Daisy supposedly like, the feminine character of all characters?

Like this quote when they cast her in the new movie:

...won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan ...

What? like it's hard to play a shallow and self-absorbed child? Paris Hilton's been pulling it off for years. 

I know I'm boiling F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary heroine into a one-dimensional insipid female. And he was probably enamoured with the glorious idea of painting this colorful and grandiose character. A character with such joie de vivre that you can't help but fall in love with her (even if you hate her too). But she just....I dunno... That character is what I don't get. Daisy Buchanan? Wha?

Anyhow. It wasn't as bad as I thought but it wasn't all that like it seems the hype is about Gatsby, Gatsby, Gatsby...whatevs.




Re: WIJFR: F/U -Great Gatsby (sp)

  • I never thought she was supposed to be likeable. I don't think any of the characters were likeable. I think Nick was closest any of them came to that.

    And I don't think "coveted role" = likeable character. I'm sure Voldemort was coveted Big Smile

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  • The cool thing about the Daisy character to me is that in the beginning of the story you feel for her. She's in this awful marriage, her husband is cheating on her and everyone knows, she lost the love of her life, etc. But in the end, she's actually worse than Tom. At least Tom is honest about being an a-hole. Daisy hides her awfulness behind this facade, which makes it even worse IMO.
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    I never thought she was supposed to be likeable. I don't think any of the characters were likeable. I think Nick was closest any of them came to that.

    And I don't think "coveted role" = likeable character. I'm sure Voldemort was coveted Big Smile

    ITA.  None of the characters came out in good light.  Even Nick, though not as bad as the rest of the lot, was guilty by association and stood around while everyone else cheated, beat and excessively indulged.

    Some people say that you can tell a story is 'good' by how you react to the characters.   I guess in a sense that's true for me.  I constantly rolled my eyes and laughed at their idiocies.  I hated Tom. I hated Gatsby. I hated Daisy and Nick just sat their like a bump on a log.  That I felt that way says something right? The fact that I disliked them might have been part of the point?

    Or maybe this is just me trying to justify that I read a great literary work and just didn't get it. Huh?

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  • I agree that coveted =/= likeable. It means it's interesting to play. And I think Daisy is so wounded and deplorable that, yeah, it'd be cool to get into a character like that.

    I probably shouldn't say more, though, because The Great Gatsby is my favorite book of all time. Then again, I'm also in the minority that loves Wuthering Heights. I think characters that are despicable human beings are incredibly interesting. And I'm a big fan of tragic, ill-fated love stories. *shrug*

  • I think you need to look at this from the stand point of nick/gatsby. The story is not about daisy...and she isnt the one who dies. Gatsby is shot in his pool because he is blamed for the murder. Basically it is a story about yes the rich in the 20s but also its about Gatsby's love for Daisy. They were in love when they were young and Daisy got away from him. Basically he became one of the richest men in NY to win her attention because he knew all she cared about was money, but it still was not enough, because she was so engrossed by society that she wouldn't leave her cheating husband for the man she loved. And even went on to blame Gatsby for a homicide she committed. 

    I think this is such a famous novel because it is a story of how powerful love is, and how far a person would go to impress the one they love. Yes, it is tragic, but reality isn't a fairy tale.  

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